How An Indigenous Attorney In Minnesota Keeps Trying to Overturn the Indian Child Welfare Act 

Mark Fiddler has focused much of the past decade on attempts to dismantle the law that aims to preserve Indigenous families and tribes.


Class Action Lawsuit By New York City Foster Youth Allowed To Proceed

A federal appeals court has granted New York City foster youth the go-ahead to proceed with their lawsuit against the city and state child welfare agencies, overturning a lower court ruling denying them class-action status.

Experts Want to Halt Landmark Mental Health Settlement for Foster Youth


Los Angeles County Sued Over ‘Foster Care to Homelessness Pipeline’

A lawsuit filed by public interest attorneys alleged the county and state have failed to provide safe housing and mental health services for thousands of transition-age foster youth.


Mother of Teen Paralyzed in Ohio Detention Center Plans to Sue

Mary S. Washington intends to sue Franklin County, Ohio, saying the way guards handled her son after a fight worsened his injuries. 

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Former Indiana Child Services Chief Tapped as Interim Judge


Another Lawsuit Filed Against Indiana

A new lawsuit alleges Indiana failed to provide necessary services to foster children and left them in placements it knew were dangerous.


Supreme Court Upheld ICWA, But Challenges Could Loom in State Courts

Although the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act, state courts have still fielded challenges to the law.


    Judge Orders Court Oversight for Sacramento County After it Housed Foster Youth in an Old Juvenile Hall 

    After Sacramento County housed dozens of foster youth at a former juvenile hall, a judge has ordered five years of court supervision.


    A ‘Flabbergasted’ Federal Judge Tells Texas ‘There Are Children Dying and Being Injured On Your Watch’

    An exasperated federal judge rebuked Texas child welfare leaders yet again, saying they do more to protect their bureaucracy than children.


    ‘A Place of Calm:’ Indian Child Welfare Expert Unpacks the Historic Brackeen v. Haaland Decision

    The Imprint's Q+A with Shannon Smith of the ICWA Law Center on the implications of the Supreme Court's important ruling.